Salvadora Chávez Rendón

On 11 July 2019, the indigenous activist and leader Salvadora Chávez Rendón was murdered as she returned from making a complaint about the murder of her husband. She was with 11 other people, all of whom were victims of the violence relating to a dispute between groups of community police in the area.

She had travelled to municipal head of Chilapa to lodge a complaint about the murder of her husband, who had died together with 7 other people in Palantla when they were attacked by an armed group.

Two days previously, the same group had travelled to the capital of Guerrero to complain about the lack of support for victims in that area to the Executive Commission for Victim Support (CEAVGro for its Spanish acronym).

When the group were returning from making their complaint on the 11th, they were ambushed. Three women were injured and the indigenous leader Salvadora was shot dead and the truck they were travelling in was set on fire.

The death of activist Salvadora was the price they had to pay to try to seek justice for the 8 people murdered in 2015.

Source: AGN Veracruz


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Region:Americas

Country:Mexico

Department/Province/State:Guerrero

Sex1:Female

Date of Killing:11/07/2019

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Community leader

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights

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